Today we’d like to introduce you to Eboné Cole.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When I graduated high school, I was all set to study fashion design and become the next star of Project Runway. After studying design at Columbia College and at The Illinois Institute of Art, I realized that as much as I love fashion I was not cut out for the technicalities of design.
With that, I took time off from school to regroup. I then decided that if I studied business, that would give me the foundation to expand my knowledge and then apply that to the field of fashion. Graduating with my BA in business admin and marketing, I took on fashion opportunities.
Having the opportunity to intern at a local boutique, I fell in love with visual merchandising. My window displays helped me turn that internship into a full time visual merchandising position. From there, I began to transition to on table top and on figure styling.
I’ve continued to style here and there while working full time. Then, recently, by the fate of disaster, the company I had been working at for almost five years had a mass layoff. This sent me into somewhat of survival mode, but also gave me a sense of clarity, if not now, then when?!
That turn of events has led me to take on fashion styling as a full-time freelancer. I’ve also created a blog combining my life’s anecdotes with fashion advice and tips. I love to post ‘What to Wear’ looks, this is literally what most women say almost every day. I try to bridge the gap between myself and these ladies.
I’m on a mission to live my dream and make people look and feel their best.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t say there has been a smooth road. If that were the case, I don’t know that it’d be worth it. Hard work and struggles build character. I believe that creates integrity, which I want my brand to be associated with.
I often struggle(d) with the insecurity of not feeling like I was good enough, or had enough experience to call myself a “real stylist”. I remember my sister told me, “if you say you’re a stylist, you are”. The affirmation of your words is a real thing.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about ebIstyle – what should we know?
ebIStyle, is me, my nickname is Eb and I style. As a stylist I offer the services of wardrobe styling, off figure styling, tabletop styling, closet clean outs, and personal shopping. The services range from styling for editorial, or a video shoot, to helping young ladies shop for special events like school dances. Prom season has been a pretty cool experience.
I believe that what sets ebIStyle apart is the quality of service. I genuinely care about each look that I create. It is my goal to dress one to best fit their body and comfort level. I used to be obsessed with the show What Not to Wear. I would take in the process that Clinton Kelly and Stacey London would take their clients through and see how the client would transform throughout the process. I try to use those tactics of honesty and love for that craft to create the best experience.
I think my most proud moments are seeing clients light up at how they look in new outfits. There is nothing better.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Hard work is, of course, important for success. I’m learning that in the world of tech and social media, consistency is key as well. One day you’re in the next you’re forgotten, it’s good to stay aware and relevant. Also, loving what you do may be #1 for me. That love radiates from your work and others can’t help but recognize it.
- Website: www.ebistyle.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: eb_i_style
- Twitter: eb_istyle
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